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T.50: Gordon Murray’s 650bhp, 980kg successor to the McLaren F1

Published: 05 June 2019

► 100 cars at £2 million each
► 650bhp of NA, V12 power
► Only 980kg, and has a fan!  

Meet the *true* successor to the McLaren F1, or a sketch of it anyway. Codenamed T.50 for now, it’s the next supercar from Gordon Murray – and it aims to improve upon its ancestor in every way.

Take a look at the sketch above, the only image we have for now, and you’ll see the T.50 follows a similar formula to the F1. It’s going to be mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive and features the same centralised driving position as the McLaren F1 with room for a further two friends. It’s a lot like that other McLaren F1 successor, the Speedtail.

Look a bit closer at that sketch and you’ll see an all-new natrually-aspirated 3.9-litre Cosworth V12, which Gordon Murray Automotive says will be the highest revving production car engine ever. According to a statement released by GMA, it’ll have a 12,100rpm redline along with 650bhp.

Interestingly, there’s also a 400mm fan at the back of the car, which will produce downforce via ‘ground effect’ and essentially help suck the car to the road. Because most of the downforce is achieved underneath the car, the T.50 won’t have ugly – and more importantly – draggy winglets, either. Expect a clean, retro-looking supercar.

Formula One fans will know the fan also harks back to the Murray-penned Brabham BT46B which used the same fan-powered principle. In F1, the idea worked so well it was banned by the FIA – there are no such meddling governing bodies for supercars, though.

Most shocking of all though, is the inclusion of a gear stick, and the total lack of the word ‘hybrid’ anywhere else in the car’s initial specs. Incredible.

However, the key ingredient of this car is less obvious from the sketch. At 980kg, the carbonfibre T.50 will be one of the lightest supercars you can buy, and should be the most agile, and responsive, too.

‘I have absolutely no interest in chasing records for top speed or acceleration,’ said Murray. ‘Our focus is instead on delivering the purest, most rewarding driving experience of any supercar ever built – but, rest assured, it will be quick.’

That’s all we have on specs, but when they do arrive, don’t expect a huge top speed. 'The reality of chasing top speeds only adds weight,’ explains Murray. ‘Notably through ever-more powerful engines, which increase the requirement for larger, heavier ancillaries. We are taking a very different approach.’

Cars are expected to reach owners in 2022, at a cost of £2 million. Right now there are plans to make 100 of them.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast